Henrik Ibsen

Henrik IbsenHenrick Isben was a Norwegian Playwright and poet. He is also known as the father of Modern Theater and realism. He is placed in the category of most eminent dramatist and poet from the 19th century. He was born in Norway and had five siblings. While working as an apprentice to a pharmacist he discovered his passion for writing. This was the time when he started working on his writings. His first verse drama was a tragedy, Catlina. His dramas initially got unnoticed.  In 1864, he went to Italy and finally got success with his drama. This was just the starting for Isben. Later his many plays tasted success. He was successful in featuring universal themes in his work.
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Born: March 20, 1828, Skien, Norway
Occupation: Playwright, theatre director, and poet
Nationality: Norwegian
Genre: Naturalism, Realism
Died: May 23, 1906, Oslo, Norway
Parents: Knud Ibsen (1797-1877) and Marichen Altenburg (1799-1869) 
Spouse: Suzannah Ibsen (m. 1858–1906)
Influenced by: August Strindberg, Henrik Wergeland, Georg Brandes, Søren Kierkegaard, Jens Peter Jacobsen
Books: Four major plays, The complete major prose plays, more
Notable works:  Peer Gynt (1867), A Doll's House (1879), Ghosts (1881), An Enemy of the People (1882), The Wild Duck (1884), Hedda Gabler (1890)

What business has science and capitalism got, bringing all these new inventions into the works, before society has produced a generation educated up to using them!

Do not use that foreign word 'ideals.' We have that excellent native word 'lies.'

Your home is regarded as a model home, your life as a model life. But all this splendor, and you along with it... it's just as though it were built upon a shifting quagmire. A moment may come, a word can be spoken, and both you and all this splendor will collapse.

The worst enemy of truth and freedom in our society is the compact majority.

These heroes of finance are like beads on a string; when one slips off, all the rest follow.

Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build too.

Do you know what we are those of us who count as pillars of society? We are society's tools, neither more nor less.

One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore, the man who stands in the midst of the struggle and says, 'I have it,' merely shows by doing so that he has just lost it.


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